2 rockets from Gaza fired toward Tel Aviv
JERUSALEM – The Israeli military said Thursday evening that two rockets were fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv, prompting sirens to sound throughout the city and putting pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who faces re-election in less than a month – to mount a strong response.
Residents reported hearing explosions, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The military said neither rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome military defense system, though warning systems had operated as required.
One rocket likely fell into the sea, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told Israeli television. He said he had instructed the city to open all bomb shelters, but life appeared to be returning to normal shortly after the incident.
Netanyahu called an emergency meeting with top security officials. While rocket launches from Gaza are not unusual, it was the first time in more than four years that they have targeted the major city of Tel Aviv. Israel and Hamas fought a 50-day conflict in the summer of 2014.
The escalation on Thursday followed a day of unrest in Gaza over living conditions.